By Friday night, Fiji would take on the famous Barbarians at the Kingspan Stadium, a place which might not look too familiar to both the coach and captain.
Fiji’s coach, John McKee with a CV that includes stints in England, France, Australia and Tonga, is still well ble to remember the visits he had made to Kingspan while it eas still Ravenhill, with Michael Bradley as his assistant at Connacht.
“I really enjoyed my time in Ireland,” McKee had recalled.
“My wife is from Mayo so the time I spent there was very good rugby-wise but also for the family.
“I can well remember a few trips up to Ravenhill to play Ulster, there were some great contests.”
Fiji’s skipper, AkapusiQera has had some less frequent visits to Belfast, having been part of the Gloucester team that had taken a bonus-point win home in the year 2007 from a Heineken Cup game.
He also talked about the vast improvements that had been made to the facilities, saying that it would bode well for Ireland’s bid for the 2023 World Cup. His words,
“I have good memories here from playing Ulster. The supporters really back their players and some will be there for the Baa-Baas,”
“It looks good now. If the World Cup was to come here it would be great for Ireland rugby.”
For the Friday’s Kingspan contest, the Barbarians would be captained by Dan Tuohy and will be joined by two of his team mates, Tommy Bowe and RuanPienaar.
They would be expected to turn on their customary style and McKee hopes that his side would be able to build the necessary structures to see them through the remainder of their games for November while responding in kind for the contest.